- Senator Risa Hontiveros said that the age of criminal responsibility should be higher
- It was her response regarding the lowering of age of criminal liability to 9 years old
- However, the netizens bashed Hontiveros for this
For Senator Risa Hontiveros, the age of criminal responsibility should be higher instead of lowering it to 9 years old. However, KAMI learned that the netizens slammed her for this statement.
In a report by GMA News, Hontiveros gave her say regarding the recently approved bill of the House of Representatives seeking to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 9 years old.
“We won’t bring it back to 9. We won’t also bring it back to 12. What’s the difference between 9 and 12? Keep it at 15, and move it up,” Hontiveros said.
The senator mentioned that the other countries have lower age of criminal responsibility and that they have seen the anomalies of it that they are trying to change it.
“Sa ibang mga bansa na mas mababa pa yung minimum age of criminal responsibility sa atin, pinag-aaralan nila, nakikita nila yung kamalian nun at itinataas nila. So huwag tayong paatras o paurong, dapat pasulong tayo," the senator said.
Hontiveros also urged her fellow lawmakers to first fully implement the existing Juvenile Justice Law which also covers those children in conflict with the law.
However, the netizens did not agree with Hontiveros’ statement. Here are some of their comments based on the Facebook page of GMA Network:
“Baka gusto nya 40 years old.. " because Life begins at 40 "
“Gawin na po nating 60 para senior may discount hahahaha #neveragaintovoteyou”
“Ma'am try to live in a place outside your comfort zone..im not in favor of 9 but is in favor of disiplinary action on children age 12...”
“I think it is your understanding that needs to move up a little bit. Just a little bit. And then keep it up.”
“Try to walk in the streets madam...and experience being rob with children! And we will see..”
In a recent report by KAMI, some countries like Thailand, Singapore, and Myanmar have the age of criminal responsibility as young as 7 years old. While countries like Japan, South Korea, and China have set their age of criminal responsibility at 14 years old.
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